TCA Nominations



TCA Program of the Year Nominees Represent Diverse Genres From
Period Piece “Downton Abbey” and Fantasy Adventure “Game of Thrones”
to Arresting Dramas “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men”

Critics Nominate Stellar Personalities for Career Achievement Award,
 Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and William

The 28th Annual TCA Awards will be Presented on
Saturday, July 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2012) – The Television Critics Association (TCA),
a media organization with more than 200 professional TV critics and
journalists from the United States and Canada, today announced
nominations for its 2012 TCA Awards.  The 2012 TCA Awards recognize
outstanding television programming in the 2011-2012 season, honoring
both actors and producers in a variety of categories including news
and information, youth, reality, drama and comedy achievements.

The winners of the 28th Annual TCA Awards will be announced at the
invitation-only presentation on Saturday, July 28, 2012, at the
Beverly Hilton Hotel, as part of the group’s bi-annual industry

The nominations for current programming are spread across all four
broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — PBS, and 13 cable
networks. HBO leads the way with eight nominations; AMC has six; NBC
and PBS each have five; and CBS and FX each have four.

The nominees include a number of past winners, including Bryan
Cranston, Jon Hamm, Jim Parsons and shows ranging from “Mad Men” to
“Game of Thrones” and “The Daily Show” to “The Big Bang Theory.”

But there are also a number of first-time nominees, including
“Homeland” and its star, Claire Danes, and “Girls” and its creator/
star, Lena Dunham.

“Homeland” and “Girls” join “New Girl,” “Revenge” and “Smash” as
nominees for Outstanding New Program.

 “These nominees represent the highest quality that television had to
offer in the past year,” said TCA President Candace Havens. “Our more
than 200 members chose these people and programs as the best of the

In addition to recognizing the year’s finest programming, the TCA
Awards bestow a Heritage Award trophy to one long-standing program
that has culturally or socially impacted society. This year, the TCA
members have nominated some of TV’s most memorable series with NBC’s
“Saturday Night Live,” ABC’s “Lost,” NBC’s “Cheers,” NBC’s “Star Trek”
and ABC’s “Twin Peaks” as nominees in this eminent category.

The organization also presents a Career Achievement Award to an
individual who has influenced television through his work on the small
screen. Nominees include TV host/producer Dick Clark (“American
Bandstand”), late-night talk show host David Letterman (“Late Show
with David Letterman”), actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”), actor
Andy Griffith (“The Andy Griffith Show”) and TV host Regis Philbin
(“Regis and Kelly”).

Below is the complete list of the 2012 Television Critics Association

Individual Achievement in Drama

    Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” AMC)
    Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)
    Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones,” HBO)
    Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” AMC)
    Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” FX)

Individual Achievement in Comedy

    Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)
    Lena Dunham (“Girls,” HBO)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” HBO)
    Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS)
    Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation,” NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information

    “Anderson Cooper 360” (CNN)
    “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central)
    “Frontline” (PBS)
    “60 Minutes” (CBS)
    “The Rachel Maddow Show” (MSNBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming

    “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
    “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
    “The Glee Project” (Oxygen)
    “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
    “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming

     “iCarly” (Nickelodeon)
    “Phineas and Ferb” (Disney)
     “Sesame Street” (PBS)
    “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)
    “Yo Gabba Gabba” (Nick Jr.)

Outstanding New Program

    “Girls” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “New Girl” (Fox)
    “Revenge” (ABC)
    “Smash” (NBC)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials

    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)
    “Game Change” (HBO)
    “Hatfields & McCoys” (History)
    “Hemingway & Gellhorn” (HBO)
    “Sherlock: Masterpiece” (PBS)

 Outstanding Achievement in Drama

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “Justified” (FX)
    “Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

    “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
    “Community” (NBC)
    “Louie” (FX)
    “Modern Family” (ABC)
    “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

 Career Achievement Award

    Dick Clark
    Andy Griffith
    David Letterman
    Regis Philbin
    William Shatner

 Heritage Award

    “Cheers” (NBC)
    “Lost” (ABC)
    “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
    “Star Trek” (NBC)
    “Twin Peaks” (ABC)

Program of the Year

    “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
    “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
    “Homeland” (Showtime)
    “Mad Men” (AMC)
    “Downton Abbey: Masterpiece” (PBS)


About Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous, Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.

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